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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Missing Time with Broken Foot, Surgery

Jess Haynie

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It has been reported today that Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams will miss most, if not all, of the offseason program following surgery to repair a broken foot. It is not yet known when, or how, Williams suffered the injury.

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Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is recovering from a broken foot that required surgery, according to sources. Executive vice president Stephen Jones did not elaborate on the nature of Williams' injury but said Williams would miss some time... https://t.co/plpE6JOkls

This news may help explain the Cowboys' sudden aggressive pursuit of receivers in free agency. Dallas has signed both Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in the last few days.

Hurns, who will average $6 million per season, is already expected to take over as the number-two receiver. The Cowboys gave yet to release or trade Dez Bryant, and that seems less likely with each passing day.

Even with these additions, Williams' roster spot seems safe. There is no cap relief in cutting him and a trade partner may be hard to find for a marginal talent. This injury will only further complicate a trade.

Thankfully, Terrance's five seasons in Dallas means he won't be too negatively affected by the lost time. He knows the system and should come back just fine, hopefully in time for a few preseason games if not training camp.

The big question is just how far down the depth chart he might fall.


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  1. Ervinlang318

    March 26, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    This Smells like a Derrick Holland type of cover up injury

  2. Travis Diggs

    March 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    This is the type of situation that tells me his days are numbered. While he’ll probably be on the roster at times next year, Hurns takes over as the 2 maybe the 1 with Dez going to 2(maybe, hopefully??) . You figure they draft a WR and get Switzer and/or Beasley(pending cutting/trading him) and Noah Brown more involved. Theirs simply no space for him and he’s at best an average receiver Simple Math

  3. EverybodyTalks

    March 26, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    In simple math, Butler wasn’t coming back and Deontay filled that position. Hurns is much more interesting. T.Will had surgery 4 weeks ago, so perhaps, just perhaps, Hurns was brought on as insurance for T.Will’s surgery. That is not to say this was the only reason. When you look at the KC game last season, both T.Will and Dez ended up with leg/foot injuries. Hurns can be that insurance if either of them ends up injured. He covered for Robinson, in Jacksonville, when he went down. It is true that the WR corp is crowded, but I don’t think T.Will falls that far. In the first half of the season, T.Will was initially injured in the NYG game (I believe) and he was out and then he was back in the game. T.Will stated it was all just a matter of dealing with pain tolerance. He may be slight, but he is tough. I think he ends up #2 or #3 WR. Noah Brown could be pushed out or tried at TE because of his blocking ability. Love Beaser, but he could be moved out to make room, especially if we draft a WR.

  4. Russ_Te

    March 27, 2018 at 1:26 am

    WR gets worse as the offseason goes on. 2 journeymen signed, Williams hurt and also he stays…

    Witten stays, starts and will cost cap after he’s done. Butler was the only WR catching any balls deep last year, Cowboys not interested…

  5. Mr. Jaguar

    March 28, 2018 at 10:36 am

    T Williams- Beasley both will be on the outside looking in by 2019.

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Cowboys Expect C Travis Frederick Back for Offseason Program

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Lost in yesterday's hoopla over Scott Linehan's return was a positive report about Center Travis Frederick. In his comments to the media, Jason Garrett said that Frederick's recovery timetable should allow him to a full participant in the team's offseason program.

After never missing a start in his first five years, Travis missed all of 2018 dealing with the effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The disease attacked his neurological system and required immediate and intensive treatment.

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Jason Garrett says the team anticipates Travis Frederick being involved in the offseason program right from the start this spring if he continues on the same positive track in recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome. #cowboyswire

While Joe Looney performed admirably in Frederick's absence, he's not an elite talent. Travis has been arguably the best center in the NFL since entering the league in 2013.

It's hard to qualify what effect not having Frederick had on the Cowboys offense in 2018. Ezekiel Elliott still led the league in rushing, but short-yardage plays weren't as automatic as we've seen in past years. A 4th-and-1 stuff was part of what led to the Cowboys' loss this past Saturday.

Dak Prescott was the second-most sacked QB in the NFL in 2018. After being sacked just 25 and 32 times in his first two seasons, the number skyrocketed to 56 sacks.

That's not all on Frederick, of course. Tyron Smith had some health issues and there were was turnover at left guard.

But having your All-Pro veteran center out there to help with the pre-snap reads, and help the rookie guard on his left, might have helped avoid some of those issues.

Indeed, Travis Frederick's return is just one of many reasons for optimism with the 2019 season. One of the best players on the team, he was sorely missed this year and can only help as Dallas looks to build on their division title and playoff appearance.


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For Cowboys to Beat the Rams, Dak Prescott must Lead the Way

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Playoff Scenarios Aim Towards Seahawks vs Cowboys in Wild Card

In the NFL wins and losses often come down to quarterback play. That isn't to say that if a team wins, it was all because of the quarterback and inversely, if a team loses that it was all on the quarterback. Teams win or lose games. Generally speaking, however, the quarterback has the highest amount of influence on the outcome of an NFL game. This will be no different for the Dallas Cowboys this Saturday when they take on the Los Angeles Rams in the LA Coliseum. For America's Team to make their first trip to the NFC Championship Game since 1996, Dak Prescott has to have a good game.

This looks to be a good matchup for the Dallas Cowboys offense, which should allow Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to take advantage in certain areas.

A few Rams Passing Game Notes

  • The Los Angeles Rams were middle of the pack against the pass this season, allowing the 14th fewest passing yards in the league this season.
  • The Rams allowed 7.7 yards per attempt. Dak Prescott is averaging 7.6 yards per attempt since week 10 of the season.
  • The Rams allowed the eighth most passing touchdowns in the NFL this season. They and the New Orleans Saints are the only teams in the top 10 of passing touchdowns allowed in the playoffs this season.
  • The Rams were 15th in the NFL in sacks, with 41, but Aaron Donald accounted for half of that with 20.5 sacks on the season. No other player had more than five sacks.
  • They were third in the NFL in interceptions, collecting 18.
  • The Rams allowed the ninth highest yards per completion on the season at 11.8. So on average, every completion went for a first down.

Dak Prescott is playing as well as any quarterback in the playoffs at the moment. Over the last nine games, he's averaging 272 passing yards, two total touchdowns, was only intercepted four times, and was sacked on average 3.2 times per game.

On Saturday night, we saw Scott Linehan put the ball in his hands on a couple designed runs that nearly scored touchdowns. It was an excellent addition to the offense that could help fix the Cowboys red zone woes. Getting Dak Prescott running on some designed runs or quarterback draws could help slow down Aaron Donald and the pass rush.

The Cowboys needed every bit of Dak Prescott magic to overcome a stingy Seattle Seahawks defense in their Wild Card win and they'll need him to step up again this week against the Rams. Every team is going to attempt to take away the running game to make Dak beat you and as he continues to mature, he's getting more and more comfortable doing that. He's comfortable with the big stage and the big moments.

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Dak Prescott Since 2016, including playoffs * 15 game-winning drives (Most in NFL) * 13 primetime QB wins (Most in NFL) * 19 rush TD (Most in NFL by QB) #DallasCowboys @dak

No Quarterback in the NFL has more game winning drives, rushing touchdowns, or wins in primetime than Dak Prescott. When we talk about Dak Prescott, we talk a lot about the things that he can't do as a passer and deservedly so, he still has some growing to do in that area, but in the things that you can't objectively quantify -- mental toughness, resiliency, clutchness, will, determination -- Dak is one of the best in the NFL. He's as mentally tough as they come in the NFL and he doesn't let the spotlight or the game situation phase him. He has that stuff that's hard to put your finger on.

The Dallas Cowboys will need more of that on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The Rams can score and can score in bunches and if the Cowboys defense starts sluggish or has an off night, they'll need Dak Prescott to keep them in the game. Even if the defense has a good game, Dak still has to come through in the passing game and on the ground to give the Cowboys a chance to pull off the upset.

The Dallas Cowboys are going to try to run the ball against the Rams on Saturday. That's their identity; run the ball, control the clock, and be efficient in the passing game. Prescott, either with his legs or with his arm will have to make some plays to extend drives and keep the Rams offense on the sideline. He'll need to be sharp in the red zone to convert those opportunities into touchdowns. Settling for field goals against the Rams is how the Cowboys get beat.

This matchup with the Rams looks to set up nicely for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, yet how things look on paper doesn't mean much when the lights go on and the whistle blows. It's a big stage and it's another win-or-go-home game for the Cowboys (like every game has been over the last nine weeks). In a big game, you need big time players, and the Cowboys have one in quarterback Dak Prescott.


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Cowboys Place WR Allen Hurns on IR, Promote Practice Squad Player

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We all knew that Allen Hurns' season was over after the ugly ankle injury he suffered last Saturday night against the Seahawks. The Dallas Cowboys made it official today, placing the receiver on injured reserve.

Hurns' spot on the 53-man roster will go to Lance Lenoir, who Dallas has called up from the practice squad for the second time this year.

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Cowboys officially placed Allen Hurns on IR and called up Lance Lenior Jr. Cowboys signed WR Brandon Reilly to practice squad.

Lenoir was on the roster from Week 10 to Week 16 during Tavon Austin's injury. He was waived and returned to practice squad when Austin came back a few weeks ago.

Tavon's health may be why Lenoir is back on the roster. The veteran return man appeared to injure himself on his 51-yard punt return in the 4th quarter. Seattle punted it one other time after that play, and Cole Beasley fielded that one.

Lance Lenoir can both return kicks and do some of what Tavon Austin provided on offense.

His spot on the practice squad goes to Brandon Reilly, a second-year player who went undrafted in 2017 out of Nebraska. Reilly was with the Buffalo Bills as a practice squad player and was on the active roster in December of that year, but didn't make final cuts this season.

He also spent time on the Detroit Lions' practice squad this year.


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